June 13: Junesploitation’s topic of the day — as suggested by F This Movie— is Italian Horror! We’re excited to tackle a different genre every day, so check back and see what’s next.
Ring of Darkness is about four women who made a pact with the Devil a decade ago. Now, Carlotta (Anne Heywood) has lost control of her daughter Daria (Lara Wendel, who so famously died in Tenebre), who has started to develop Satanic powers of her own, casting spells and hurting everyone in her way, including a boy with a crush who submits to her burning touch.
Carlotta and some of her friends enlist the help of a priest (John Phillip Law) to help them rid themselves of the pact that they made with Lucifer all those years ago.
Also known as Satan’s Wife, this is a nice Danger: Diabolik reunion as Marissa Mell is in it with Law. And man, nobody does a Satanic movie like Italian Catholics, huh? When interviewed on set in 1977, director and writer Pier Carpi (who also wrote the Diabolik comic book) denied that his screenplay was inspired by The Exorcist and claimed that it was based on his novel Un ombra nell’ombra which he wrote in the 60s and was published in 1974.
You know what I do love about this beyond the Black Mass nude opening? The synth heavy score Stelvio Cipriani! You know who else liked it? Whomever ripped it off for the American edit of Pieces.
I’ve seen people online critical of this movie and the score. Come on. We should be so lucky to have more Italian takes on American occult movies!